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As one of the largest family services agencies in the country, Child & Family Services has dedicated its resources to meet the needs of the community since 1873.
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Purpose

Individuals who receive Home Care and Support Services obtain a maximum level of independence, functioning, and health, and extend the time it is possible to live safely at home and in the community.

PA-HCS 8: Aftercare and Follow-Up

The service provider and person receiving services work together to develop an aftercare plan when the need for aftercare is identified.

Interpretation: While the decision to develop an aftercare plan is based on the wishes of the service recipient, unless aftercare is mandated, the agency is expected to be strongly proactive with respect to aftercare planning.

Rating Indicators
1
Full Implementation, Outstanding Performance
A rating of (1) indicates that the agency's practices fully meet the standard and reflect a high level of capacity.  
  • All elements or requirements outlined in the standard are evident in practice, with rare or no exceptions; exceptions do not impact service quality or agency performance. 
2
Substantial Implementation, Good Performance
A rating of (2) indicates that an agency's infrastructure and practices are basically sound but there is room for improvement. 
  • The majority of the standards requirements have been met and the basic framework required by the standard has been implemented.  
  • Minor inconsistencies and not yet fully developed practices are noted; however, these do not significantly impact service quality or agency performance.  
3
Partial Implementation, Concerning Performance
A rating of (3) indicates that the agency's observed infrastructure and/or practices require significant improvement.  
  • The agency has not implemented the basic framework of the standard but instead has in place only part of this framework.   
  • Omissions or exceptions to the practices outlined in the standard occur regularly, or practices are implemented in a cursory or haphazard manner. 
  • Service quality or agency functioning may be compromised.   
  • Capacity is at a basic level.
4
Unsatisfactory Implementation or Performance
A rating of (4) indicates that implementation of the standard is minimal or there is no evidence of implementation at all.  
  • The agency’s observed service delivery infrastructure and practices are weak or non-existent; or show signs of neglect, stagnation, or deterioration.  
Please see Rating Guidance for additional rating examples. 

Table of Evidence

Self-Study Evidence On-Site Evidence On-Site Activities
    • Aftercare and follow-up procedures
No On-Site Evidence
    • Interview:
      1. Program director
      2. Relevant personnel
      3. Individuals or caregivers served
    • Review case records

  • PA-HCS 8.01

    The aftercare plan is developed sufficiently in advance of case closing to ensure an orderly transition.


  • PA-HCS 8.02

    The aftercare plan identifies services needed or desired by the person and specifies steps for obtaining these services.


  • PA-HCS 8.03

    The agency takes the initiative to explore suitable resources and contact service providers when appropriate, with the permission of the person, family or legal guardian.


  • PA-HCS 8.04

    The agency follows up on the aftercare plan, as appropriate, when possible, and with the permission of the service recipient.

    Interpretation: Reasons why follow-up may not be appropriate include, and are not limited to, cases where the person’s participation is involuntary.

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